Weight-Loss Surgery: When Your Life Depends On It
can threaten your life. Being severely overweight can cause diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and joint problems. If exercise and diet alone have failed to help, weight-loss surgery offers an effective way to lose weight and improve your health.
Are You Obese?
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Types of Weight-Loss Procedures
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- Gastric bypass, the most commonly performed weight-loss surgery in the nation
- Gastric banding, a lower-cost, minimally invasive approach
- Gastric sleeve, an increasingly popular approach
Gastric Sleeve at UVA
We are the only hospital in the area performing gastric sleeve surgery. This increasingly common procedure is less intensive than gastric bypass surgery and can be nearly as effective for many patients.
What Does Weight-Loss Surgery Do?
All the procedures shrink the size of your stomach to allow the loss of life-threatening weight.
How is it Done?
We use less-invasive laparoscopy (where operations are performed through small incisions in the abdomen), which allows us to perform these procedures with as little pain and as few complications as possible.
Before and After
- The process begins with an assessment, counseling on the risks and benefits of surgery and a discussion of eating habits and lifestyle.
- The surgery usually takes about one to two hours and typically requires only a two-day hospital stay.
- After the operation, patients experience an average weight loss of 55-70 percent the first year and maintain over 50 percent weight loss after five years.
Is Weight-Loss Surgery For You?
If you are morbidly obese and have tried every diet, medication and lifestyle change with no long-lasting result, this procedure may be for you. You must also:
- Feel ready to undergo a change in lifestyle and eating habits
- Be twice your ideal body weight or more, or have a BMI greater than 35
- Have the approval of your primary doctor
Your insurance may not cover weight-loss surgery. Be sure to check with your provider before scheduling an appointment.
An Experienced Leader
UVA has been a leader in weight-loss surgery for more than two decades. We:
- Have performed more than 3,000 successful surgeries,
- Taken the most serious obesity cases, including patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 60 or higher.
- Are the only program in Central Virginia recognized by the American College of Surgeons as a Level 1a Accredited Bariatric Center of Excellence.